A THOUSAND MOURNERS ATTEND FEEDER STAR’S FUNERAL

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Nearly 1,000 people turn up to say a final goodbye to Jon Lee...

Nearly 1,000 people turned up to pay their last respects to Feeder drummer JON LEE at his funeral in South Wales today.

The band’s singer, Grant Nicholas, and band manager Matt Page, gave moving tributes to Lee at the Requiem Mass in Newport’s St Mary’s Church.

Among the mourners were Stuart Cable of Stereophonics, who has been replaced with a stand-in drummer for his band’s current dates in Japan.

Other musician mourners included Tim Wheeler from Ash, James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers, Andrea Lewis and Harley Farr of the old ’80s indie rockers The Darling Buds, Benji and Richey Glover from Dub War and Richard Parfitt, Mike Cole and Carl Bevan of 60ft Dolls.

Feeder‘s anthemic song ‘High’ was played as a special tribute to Jon at the end of the service.

Police sealed off the street outside the church, and speakers were set up outside to allow fans to hear the service.

Grant told the congregation, which included Jon’s family and friends, and Taka Hirose from the band: “Jon had such a taste for life which makes this whole thing such a mystery to us all. He was the life and soul of any party. I hope you are now at peace Jonboy, forever young, your friend always.”

Manager Matt Page said Feeder would continue as a band in tribute to Jon.

“I would like to say a big thank you to the fans,” he said. “Jon was passionate about you. You got the band where they are today.”

Father Brian Cuddihy, who led the service, also paid tribute to Jon’s love of life and commented on a lively photograph of the drummer in action at Glastonbury Festival, where “his tongue almost reached his shoulder”.

Feeder fan Rhys Jones, 17, took the day off school to act as altar boy at the service, where he read from the Old Testament’s Book of Wisdom.

He said: “I was quivering like a leaf, but I was so proud to have been able to

do it.”

After the 10am service, Jon was buried at the town’s St Woolas Cemetery. A collection was made for local children’s hospital charity, the Noah’s Ark Appeal.

The 33-year-old musician was found dead at his Miami home on 7 January after committing suicide.

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